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In a recent email exchange with a certain patriocentric blogger with a penchant for Victorian decorating, we White Washed Feminists were accused of being obsessed with Stacy McDonald, Jennie Chancey, Doug Phillips, and Lydia Sherman.  I wanted to see if this was true, so I did a little counting.  Out of 115 blog posts, approximately 18 of them have directly discussed teachings of the aforementioned public figures/teachers and specifically name their names when discussed.   That is approximately 15.6%.  Does this qualify as being obsessed?

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We got an interesting comment in a previous post and I was so completely taken aback by it that I felt the need to respond in a separate post. I’m going to quote the comment, answer it, and then offer my opinion on the issues raised by the commenter.

There are always extreme scenarios. Similar to the way a woman is given the choice to abort her child just in case they need to save the life of the mother. 50 million abortions latter there may have been a dozen mothers whose life was in jeopardy.

According to this site, maternal health is the reason for about 3% of all abortions. Now, granted, not all of those women are in danger of their life, but some are. Certainly more than a dozen.

In addition, I think this statement negates the impact that men have had as legislators, judges, voting citizens, and as the men who get the women pregnant in the first place.

If women were making such great choices in the men they marry, why is the divorce rate so high? And why is it highest among Evangelical Christians?

Do you ask this question of men? And if so, why not? Doesn’t a married couple choose each other? And if the men’s judgment is as suspect as a woman’s, what makes him superior? To blame the high divorce rate solely on women‘s choices ignores the complexity of the issue.

If women were making such a great choice moving away from an agrarian life on the farm to the cities then why have we lost our sense of community?

Since when did women make those choices unilaterally? The move away from an agrarian lifestyle began before women’s lib. Still, that’s simplistic reasoning for the change in the sense of community.

If women were making such great choices in the nutritional balance of their homes than why is obesity so epidemic?

Funny, it wasn’t women who started any of the big fast food chains that I can think of. Yup. it was men. And plenty of men become obese based on their own food choices. As do women. Again, a simplistic reasoning for another societal ill.

If women were making such great choices in their modesty than why do 2/3’s of all teenage girls in NA have STD’s?

So, all girls who don’t meet whatever your particular brand of modesty is are automatically sexually active? And don’t they need a male partner to give them these wonderful STD’s, or is having sex all the woman’s fault?

Is choice a right or is it a responsibility?

Having the freedom to make choices means that we have to be responsible for them. Still, I’d prefer the freedom to make mistakes rather than being forced to live by one person’s set of ideals.

There seems to be this idea out there that in our recent history, we’d found an ideal, and that now we’re moving away from it. But that’s not entirely true. I read a book recently about the Tudor Housewife. Back then churches were required to provide for the poor of the community. Thus, many poor were shooed from one parish to another because no one wanted the responsibility. Some sense of community, huh? Abortion, obesity, divorce, all these things have always existed. And they likely will until the return of Christ.

What I sense from this poster is the idea that women can’t handle making choices for themselves and require an authority over them because they are intrinsically less capable than men. However, there is simply no scriptural basis for this, and none is offered.

Women financed the ministry of Jesus. They traveled with him (presumably leaving their fathers homes and authority to do so), sat at his feet and learned from him. When he died, they cared for his body and were the first to see him resurrected. Jesus thought highly of women, and He should be our example.

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